The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Random House)
Glowing front-page reviews and profiles proclaim David Mitchell to be "the real thing" and his new novel a masterpiece. Set in 1798 on a man-made island built entirely for trade off the coast of Nagasaki , the book is an adventure, a romance, an exploration of cultural dissonance, and most of all, a novel of precisely defined characters. How does Mitchell keep all these balls in the air?
Read an excerpt from The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.